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The Carnival of Binche

Florian Dolhet, Johanna Sonnet, Corentin Wilmot,
and Coralie Coleau
from Belgium

Les Gilles
Photo from Jimich
Have you ever seen a bunch of people walking up and down the street with ostrich feathers on their heads? In Belgium, we get to see this phenomenon once a year at the carnival of Binche.

 

Have you ever seen a bunch of people walking up and down the streets with ostrich feathers on their heads?

In Belgium, we get to see this phenomenon once a year at the carnival of Binche, that we celebrate every Fat Tuesday. It's the most famous carnival in Belgium

And do you know what? Believe it or not, it's been a masterpiece of heritage of humanity since 2003, according to UNESCO. Every year, it brings more and more foreign visitors to this little town close to the border with France.

On that special day, these strange-looking guys, called “the Gilles” wake up at 4 o'clock in the morning. They drink champagne and they have oysters for breakfast! And then they get dressed and put on their masks.

What has it all got to do with a topic devoted to “superstitions?” Well, very simply, after gathering, the Gilles go to the “Grand Place!” On their way there, they throw oranges in the crowd.If you can catch one, that is supposed to bring you good luck.

So, on your carnival holidays, if you want to have good luck, you should come to Belgium to attend this famous celebration.


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